Marsha Waggoner Inducted into Australian Poker Hall of Fame

Posted at 09:28 2010-01-21

It was a historic evening last night at the Aussie Millions with a wonderful beach-themed Welcome Party at Breezes combined with the 2010 Australian Poker Hall of Fame presentation. After a meeting during the day by the selection panel which comprised of last year’s inductees it was decided that there would only be only new inductee to the Australian Poker Hall of Fame, and that person was Marsha Waggoner.

Following a welcome by Crown Poker’s Director of Tournament Operations Jonno Pittock, the microphone was handed to Chairman of the Hall of Fame, and PokerNetwork legend, Maurie “The Master” Pears who spoke about many of the great influences on poker in this country over the years. However one person stood out above all others and was “voted in unanimously by all members," Pears said.

Marsha Waggoner has been an avid supporter of poker for over 40 years, despite having spent most of her life in the United States. However, when her countrymen came over to play, she would welcome them in open arms.

Her tournament record is impressive with 20 WSOP cashes since 1992, as well as a third-place finish in the WPT Ladies Night event during the 2005 Legends of Poker in Los Angeles - all part of an CV that adds up to over USD $830,000 in tournament winnings since 1988.

A great promoter of the game around the world, and inspiration to women in the game, Waggoner spoke about how proud she was herself to see women doing so well in tournaments today. She also talked about finding a young 18-year old player with a lot of potential and encouraging him to ply his trade in the United States. She has a good eye for talent, as that player was none other than Jeff Lisandro.

This led us to the second announcement of the evening - an announcement that "we (the Committee) thought we wouldn't make for years," said Pears.

That is, until the poker world watched him achieve an incredible feat.

A unique feature of the Australian Poker Hall of Fame is that previous inductees are eligible to be elevated to Legend status, should they meet the criteria of outstanding ability and a worthy contribution to the game of poker.

Since playing the game in his early teens, Jeff Lisandro has traveled the world seeking out the world's biggest cash games, and his combined tournament winnings total over USD $4,000,000 since 1995.

His WSOP record is also the best in this country - 31 cashes and four bracelets, including three in the 2009 series (all in Seven-Card Stud disciplines), earning him the coveted WSOP Player of the Year title.

It was wonderful to see these achievements recognized with Lisandro elevated to Legend status.

The final presentation of the evening was to a man who one day might join Lisandro and Waggoner in the Hall of Fame in his own right, and at 20 years of age he has already achieved more in poker than most. A wonderful 2009 saw Jarrad Graham win multiple titles as he was honoured last night with the PokerNetwork Player of the Year award.

Congratulations to Marsha, Jeff and Jarrad, and we’ll be updating the Australian Hall of Fame page with the new inductees, more articles and exclusive video footage of the evening for you shortly.

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